Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up: Volume 6

Here is the sixth volume of approximately monthly round-ups of @GiftedPhoenix Twitter activity related to gifted education, English education policy and associated subjects.

It covers the period from 12 March to 4 April inclusive.

Once again I’ve altered the categorisation slightly. You will find sections on:

  • Gifted Education Worldwide, with sub-sections for each of the five continents
  • Gifted Education UK
  • Gifted Education Commentary and Research
  • Related Educational Issues, which is focused predominantly on developments in England and is broken down into several thematic subsections

The final section covers some material of interest to gifted educators but also extends into wider areas of domestic education policy.

As ever, I have only included tweets that contain a hyperlink to another source  (I haven’t rechecked all the links, so apologies if you experience any broken ones.)

Nearly all of these are my own tweets, but a few are modified tweets or retweets of originals sent by others. I have removed addresses and hashtags – except where these are integral to the tweet – and corrected a few typos.

Gifted Education Worldwide

IRATDE has announced the speakers for its April conference in Beijing, China:  – Mostly IRATDE’s own luminaries

The Concord Review offers writing advice for gifted students:

#gtchat returns on Fri 23 March Now sponsored and at 11pm (soon midnight) UK time. That’s not @GiftedPhoenix -friendly!

Here’s a start: Hoagies’ Gifted Distance Learning Programmes

Someone’s had a go at a gifted education timeline: – some gaps to fill

‘Bright’ – the Smart (Mensa) Newsletter for Bright Kids: March 2012 edition –

Twice Exceptional Newsletter March 26 edition:

Gifted Resources April Newsletter can be read online at


New post at GPS, “Gifted Education Awareness Week – Namibia”  by Silvia van Biljon – gifted education in Namibia

Namibia Gifted Education Awareness Week

Educating gifted learners in Nigeria: – mysteriously reposted 5 years after it was first written!

South Africa recognises the case for better targeted support for its gifted disadvantaged students:


Donna Ford called in US lawsuit alleging racial bias in a district’s gifted programme:

An Illinois District isn’t happy with its gifted education consultants from University of Virginia: – or their bill!

White paper from the Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County:

Brilhantes por natureza gifted education in Brazil

Caribbean Science Foundation offers 4-week STEM summer school for gifted 15-17 year-olds in Barbados:

A district lottery in gifted education in Washington state:

A Democrat candidate for New York Mayor wants reform of the city’s gifted education services:

More Montgomery County debate:

The 2012 Acceleration Summit

Jamaican article likening placement tests for secondary school to a giant Ponzi scheme – some interesting parallels:

Argentina, Conference Gifted Education, Oct. 2012

CTD Blogpost on the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Programme:

There’s scope for improvement in US talent development for sports:


Upcoming professional development workshops at the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE)

Bahrain is looking forward to the 12th Asia-Pacific Conference in Dubai this summer:

2012 Asia Pacific Conference in Dubai has unveiled its keynotes: – Albert is becoming ubiquitous!

Presentations on Iranian gifted education at the University of British Columbia:

Report into development of Arab knowledge societies – includes coverage of Jordanian gifted education:

Report on Saudi National Olympiad for Science Innovation, which comes under the Mawhiba umbrella:

The dire consequences of excessive grade inflation in Vietnam:

Huge profits can be made by tutors for the entrance exams to Vietnamese schools for gifted learners:

Much coverage of Malaysia’s Permata Pintar gifted education programme as a new complex is opened by the PM:

More on the Permata Pintar gifted programme in Malaysia:

And yet more on Permata Pintar:

Great idea from the Philippines – a fun run to raise funds to sponsor gifted learners:

Gifted education in Dubai and the Emirates:

Manilla: Special Ed teachers to attend 27 day intensive PD for Gifted Education


Support for minority and disadvantaged gifted students in North Island New Zealand:

Coverage of the upcoming giftEDnz Conference:

One participant’s report on the giftEDnz Conference in NZ:

Jill Bevan-Brown gets some recognition for her work on Maori gifted learners:

Departing ACT DG for Education identifies gifted education as a future priority for the Territory:


 Frenos a la promocion de la excelencia (II)

Frenos a la promocion de la excelencia (y III)

Talento, de que hablamos?

11 modificaciones para mejorar la escuela actual

La falta de atencion especializada frustra el futuro de 280.000 ninos  gifted en Espana

5 acciones que ayudari­an al desarrollo del talento

Un decalogo para que el talento, de una vez, despegue

Kurgan Oblast (no nor had I – – awards 4000 rouble (£86) prizes to 50 gifted learners:

Ole Kyed: La talentveiledere finne evnerike elever! – gifted education in Denmark:

Recap of Norwegian masters’ studies on gifted education (in Norwegian):

University of Tartu, Estonia celebrated EU Talent Day 2012 today  The rest of us are waiting to know the date!

Gifted Education UK

NUT has details of Labour’s SEN policy review: Will it outflank the SEN Green Paper by featuring 2e learners?

Education Select Committee has visited Singapore. Let’s hope they took in the gifted education programme:

Year 9 gifted learners to be rewarded with a trip to a Russell Group University –

Dux awards will pay for a pupil and a staff member to visit a RG university (of their choice?)

Dux awards are to raise aspirations. Odd that they don’t prioritise recipients of Pupil Premium:

DFE has published more details of its Dux scheme including these FAQs:

DFE press release on its new Dux scheme for high achievers and those with high potential:

NAGC press release on Dux scheme says fine, as long as it’s part of a coherent national strategy….

This blog just about covers it, thanks @robanthony01  – Elitist, tokenistic and pretentious….?

Negligible coverage of gifted (aka more able) learners in this new OFSTED report on moving English Forward:

DFE has published a page about its support for ‘academically more able pupils’:

Now DFE has published this page on ‘academically more able’ it can’t say it has no policy on gifted learners?

Martin Stephen: ‘Our education system…is doing far too little for the gifted and talented’:

National Science Learning Centre: Improving Gifted and Talented Children in Primary Science:

Hong Kong philanthropists queue to endow English universities: – How about a centre for gifted education?

Here’s the latest gtvoice Newsletter – April 2012 edition. Happy reading!

Year 9 gifted students at Lipson Community College Plymouth produce highly popular YouTube Revision Tutorials

Tony Sewell runs Generating Genius but his London Mayoral education inquiry entirely ignores gifted education

A fascinating (and excellently crafted) article about the Royal Ballet School:

Gove quotes Shenk, Syed, Gladwell with approval, but at least he doesn’t deny all genetic influence on ability

It depends what he means by ‘succeed’: @pwatsonmontrose on Gove on Shenk:

Alton College looks to have a very lively gifted education programme: – exemplary

David Miliband visited the UK NAGC offices today:

Direct link to new Sutton Trust Report: Open Access: Democratising Entry to Independent Day Schools:

80 independent schools support Sutton Trust Open Access Scheme ‘in principle’: – what does that mean exactly?

Sutton Trust would do better to focus on supporting state-funded schools to meet the needs of gifted students

David Milliband was surprised to find there is no longer a national strategy for gifted and talented children

Hope NAGC signed up David Miliband as a patron yesterday!

Fears that a devolved school-level service won’t match the current BANES APEX scheme for gifted learners:

Gifted Education: Commentary and Research

Improving working memory capacity by boosting students’ confidence: a paper:  and brief commentary:

Genetic predispositions towards athletic ability:

The neuroscience of metacognition:

Multiple talents, multiple passions, burnout, parts 1: and 2: by Douglas Eby

I thought this a neat metaphor for the current state of gifted education in (too) many schools worldwide:

James Borland revisits his familiar position on gifted education: which I outlined in this post:

Borland on Problematizing Gifted Education part 2 Preaching to the converted here (and he uses ‘struthious’)

Borland: Part 3 of ‘Problematizing Gifted Education’:

The implications of neuroscience for personalised learning:

The Hambrick/Kaufman debate on nature/nurture: (The Hymer/@GiftedPhoenix debate is coming your way soon!)

Interesting slideshow on the genetics of talent development:

Evidence that cognitive training’s effectiveness varies according to personality:

Observation as the parent of a gifted child – laziness:

Seems like you can download various Terman Study materials from this Harvard database:

Distinguishing Aspergers and Hyperlexia:

Neuroscience and the bilingual brain –

A Prezi on talent development in sport:

Are Habits the Enemy of Mastery?

More about orchid and dandelion children, aka the sensitivity hypothesis:

Edweek article by and about a twice-exceptional student:

New Blog Post: Moving Towards Coaching Expertise

Grit. Duckworth & Peterson: resilience more important than IQ or conscientiousness in predicting success

Unwrapping the Gifted: on the benefits students perceive from their participation in gifted programmes:

The Trouble with Experts:

New post at GPS, “Happy Birthday, Gifted Parenting Support”

Renzulli on personalised learning:  – would he be selling something?

I like this April Fool’s joke for gifted education types – imagine legacy testing applied to our own 11+!

A neat neuroscience parody from yesterday:

Conscientiousness, Education and Longevity of High Ability Individuals by Peter A Savelyev, March 2012

The case for 2e in a nutshell – – why any decent SEN policy must cater for gifted learners

Maybe it’s time to propose a follow-up? Not sure who would fund it though…

Some friends from London Zoo

Related Educational Issues

Fair Access to HE and social mobility

RG will expand from 20 current members to include: Durham, Exeter, Queen Mary and York

New ‘state of the nation’ post on HE from @wonkhe begins ‘The Coalition Government is in terminal decline’

How does Russell Group expansion impact on Govt progress in increasing FSM progression to RG universities?

Scots universities to face statutory fair access targets? or OFFA? There’s only one way to find out!

New Campaign for Science and Engineering briefing on socio-economic diversity in STEM higher education:

More about the partnership between Pembroke College Oxford and Brooke House 6FC Hackney:

Wonder if there’s any data about how successful children of Oxbridge graduates and dons are in securing Oxbridge places

Commons oral PQ on HE admissions: (Col 359)

Work experience as a possible break on fair access:

What exactly will ‘competing collaboration’ mean for QMU/Warwick’s fair access operation? Unconvinced:

Mmm – a bursary you can only spend in university-approved outlets: – a bit nanny-stateish don’t you think?

Commons oral PQ on careers guidance: (Col 365) DFE will publish statutory guidance for schools ‘very soon’

Oxbridge admits to contextualised admissions policies. Welsh wariness of league tables hinder their use:

OFSTED are resisting the suggestion that they check on the impartiality of schools’ IAG provision:

Succinct NYT treatment of education and social mobility in the US:

NUS condemns the National Scholarship Programme; reminds us there’s been no response to the Hughes Report:

Work Experience and UK University Admissions: Comparing UCAS Statements by School Type:

UCU Scotland contemplates a ‘Texas 10%’ -type scheme to support fair access:

DFE publishes statutory careers guidance for schools: – there a weakish ‘expectation schools will have regard to’ it

2011 applications/offers to/for Oxbridge, RG and other HEIs by independent, state-funded schools and FEIs: (Col 890W)

Seems somehow counter-intuitive that post-16 maths, rather than arts/humanities is the bigger brake on social mobility:

Ouch – Tony Watts tears the new Careers Guidance to shreds

Oxford gives more offers to students from disadvantaged schools

So where’s the final report of the UCAS Admission Process Review? It’s not where it should be, here:

Since most of us knew PQA was an unworkable non-starter, hasn’t the UCAS review been a sad waste of time and money?

Bottom line for the Government is whether more FSM candidates are admitted to Oxford, a measure Oxford declines to use:

This looks an important Fair Access report by @jakeanders:  But where is it? Not here:

Direct link to new report by @jakeanders What’s the link between household income and going to university?

Direct link to valuable University Alliance Report: The Way We’ll Work: But nothing on implications for schools

Direct link to HEFCE Circular: Recurrent Grants and Student Number Controls for 2012-13:

We need more analysis of the benefits and the disbenefits for students (rather than HEIs) of this AAB policy

BIS SFR:  Participation Rates in HE 2006-2011:

Performance indicators for drop outs and widening participation for all universities here:

Wouldn’t it be nice to know how many successful AAB applicants to HEIs with poor fair access records are disadvantaged?

Just 5 of 24 Russell Group universities have met their benchmarks for recruiting disadvantaged students:

Members wanted for Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission – deadline 27 April:

University drop-out rates are as high as 46.2% (UEL): dropouts are disproportionately from disadvantaged backgrounds:

How competition for scarce post-16 students militates against unbiased IAG: – worrying

Is there a halfway house towards PQA – making current arrangements work better:

US proposal for entry to elite HE institutions by lottery: – as an instrument for social mobility

OFFA will publish its 2013-14 Access Agreements guidance on 19 April:

The Minerva Project: an elite online university. Website here:  – commentary here:

HEFCE boss Langlands continues to highlight threat of AAB policy to social mobility despite BIS pressure:

Narrowing Gaps

DFE seeks advisers to generate case studies of how high-performing schools use Pupil Premium to narrow attainment gaps:

Why do rich kids do better in school than poor kids? Neuroscience and cognitive science of poverty

DFE won’t extend Pupil Premium to all GRT pupils though their GRT stakeholder group says they should: (Col WA12)

The cost effectiveness of socio-economic school integration:

New Pupil Premium distribution favours less disadvantaged areas:  Another reason why it should be attached to each pupil

Holland Park gets a big puff as a place to send posh kids:  – This encapsulates our class-ridden educational myopia

How New Zealand is using change teams to narrow achievement gaps in its schools: – should we do that?

Interesting US take on the achievement gap: now we have to worry about the gap between the rich and middle earners too!

There’s a DFE powerpoint: ‘Deprivation and the Pupil Premium: what you need to know’ available from this page:

The Arts and Achievement in At-risk Youth – Findings from 4 Longitudinal Studies:

Poor pupils in weak schools face a double whammy – – but so do those in schools where there are few other poor pupils!

For me it’s clear that the purpose of the Premium is gap-narrowing rather than budget backfilling:

Defying the odds: gifted and talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds (a NZ paper):

Assessment and qualifications

 Odd KS2 L6 tests story: Even if 75% of schools have ordered papers, can’t believe 15% of pupils will take them

Here is the ARA booklet for KS2 – – L6 entrants ‘should already be demonstrating attainment above level 5’

It’s very hard to believe 86K pupils will take L6 KS2 tests: when ARA booklet says they should be attaining above L5?

Judging by the similarity with this site –  – I think WC tests must now be owned by Martin Ripley

DFE is reportedly considering a (performance table?) measure of percentage of GCSE A*/A grades achieved:

Gibb: ‘In the future you could have [league table] columns that show the proportion of A* and A grades’ (Q643)

If DFE does include an A*/A measure in performance tables, we must be able to see breakdown by FSM/non-FSM:

I so want to see the FSM/non-FSM breakdown of high attainers in the schools Gove says have no attainment gap:

And also the breakdown of GCSE A*/A grades between FSM and non-FSM, but maybe Mr Gibb will grant that wish!

Early GCSE entry article features Kent school using RE as Yr10 dress rehearsal since no ‘detrimental impact on grades’:

Cambridge Assessment research (where?) says academics want more advanced A level content for gifted students:

Proposals to extend the scope of NAEP, including more on learners’ background characteristics:

Am I alone in wondering how a higher literacy target at end KS2 will help those not meeting the current, lower target?

Lords oral PQ on the GCSE equivalence of the engineering diploma:  (Col 388)

Proportion of pupils achieving KS2 L4 and L5 who didn’t achieve 5 GCSEs at C or above including E + Ma by LA (Col 428W)

Achievement of 5+ GCSE grades A*-C by IDACI decile over the last 3 years: (Col. 656W)

This morning’s Select Committee session on the administration of exams is available for viewing here in all its glory:

Heads are worried that too many children will fail the phonics test: – A highly dubious stance methinks…

NUT threatens a boycott if phonics test results find their way into performance tables:

An earlier Chevalier study on school effects on test scores: and today’s write-up of a new paper:

@dylanwiliam isn’t on Ofqual’s new Standards Advisory Group and nor is @warwickmansell: – usual suspects otherwise

Uncorrected evidence from Education Select Committee 21 March session on 15-19 exams with Gibb, Stacey, Spielman:

DFE is requesting expressions of interest in a 3-year longitudinal evaluation of the phonics test: – deadline 4 April!

You couldn’t make it up! NYC bans dinosaurs from its assessments for fear that creationists will be offended:

New DFE Research: Evaluation of A Level and GCSE Changes (2008 changes including A level A*):

Don’t we need Ofqual or DFE to publish the full text of this A Levels letter?  – so we can see exactly what is intended?

We’ve published letters between Michael Gove MP and Glenys Stacey along with a report on A levels

Gove A level letter carefully avoids the cost to HE of development and approval processes: – a likely stumbling block?

Clear tension in Gove A Level letter between wanting no centrally determined criteria and need for core ‘design rules’:

Direct link to Ofqual’s IPSOS/MORI research on views of A level suitability:

Jonathan Plucker on PISA and international comparisons:

Curriculum and Pedagogy

The NC Review Expert Panel were contracted for a full year; Tim Oates’ contract continues only to August 2012 (Col 39W)

Telegraph manages a story out of the fact that proportion of classes set by ability is largely unchanged:

@SchoolDuggery Not sure how research on the impact of redoublement is relevant to the wider question of setting!:

Direct instruction versus discovery learning – a US review of the research evidence:

The US review of evidence summarises a 2006 article which got a robust response here

Setting: the perfect example of why we need an evidence-based middle way between autonomy and prescription:

Direct link to RSA Report: Re-thinking the Importance of Teaching, curriculum and collaboration in an era of localism:

RSA report points out the risks associated with greater curricular autonomy: – spot on, and applies more widely too

The EU Select Committee report that calls for more compulsory MFL teaching in schools:

The Mayor’s London Curriculum could usefully include a study of the history of riots and rioting in our Capital City:

‘It’s ‘difficult…to really care about anything inside a school…so much less engineered than a decent computer game’

Still don’t understand this CofE angst over RE in curriculum: – they had their chance to use ‘Bishop power’ in the HofL

Maths Extension/Enrichment and Edmodo – – a proposal to extend able students

This looks addictive – a library of interactive science simulations:

Carol Ann Tomlinson on brain research and differentiated instruction – notes:

Is handwriting suffering as computers become more prevalent inside and outside the classroom?

@danosirra: My views on the failing handwriting skills piece.

Liz Truss to argue that post-16 subject funding weightings should be used as supply side incentive to support maths:

Yesterday’s Westminster Hall debate on 16-18 maths education: (Col 334WH)

Revised Early Years Framework to be announced today: – surely a bit late for implementation from September?

Written ministerial statement on the EYFS from Teather:

Direct link to the revised EYFS Framework:

The same old debate rages over the revised EYFS, between free-form and standards brigades: – is there no middle ground?

The risk of a 2-year vacuum in ICT in some schools: – is that a likely response in many?

Expanded MEI Further Maths Programme will support CPD for teachers to stretch and enrich KS4 maths (Col 341WH)

Updated Commons library Standard Note on School Sport:

Will the Sage Gateshead succeed in its bid to become the North East’s Music Hub: – a shoe in?

Lords Oral PQ on MFL in schools: (Col 1414)

The NUT response to the Expert Panel’s Report for the NC Review, including demolition of questionable Chapter 8:

Feature on the IB’s Primary Years Programme: – Can see this taking off in primary academies…

Ofsted’s latest survey report on Art, Craft and Design Education:

Meanwhile, Michael Rosen is concerned that, in relation to grammar at least, journalism trumps academic research:

Willingham-style FAQs on learning styles:


More detail about the debate over a possible Sevenoaks GS annex (including links to other useful sources):

Lords Oral PQ on grammar school satellites: (Col  1244)

With only 164 GS surviving, even a decision by 100% to create an annex is hardly ‘opening the floodgates’:

Knole Academy in Sevenoaks advertises its own grammar stream and gifted education credentials:  Touche!

The Mail fills in the background on the Sevenoaks grammar annex: Some evidence of molehills made mountains in all this

Fiona Millar’s almost right. Labour should use GS academies’ funding agreements to increase their FSM intakes:

Sensible perspective on the current grammar schools furore by @conorfryan –

53% of children entering selective admission tests have been tutored according to new survey:

Assuming tuition works, selecting in the tutored means preferring the committed to the intelligent: Is that acceptable?

Academies and Free Schools

More details of enforced primary academy sponsors now due this Wednesday –

The reason why Graham Stuart is so interested in a middle tier of support for academies:

London SE16 may soon have a concentration of free schools:  – Now, what’s the right collective noun?

DFE has 40 posts allocated to the brokerage of sponsored academies: (Col 33W)

Did the London Academy for Excellence ever explore potential collaboration with NewhamVIC? – Doesn’t look like it!

Here’s the partially pro-free schools article by Adonis in the New Statesman:

Twigg’s speech today on ‘unleashing innovation in schools’ mentions consultation on a ‘middle tier’ for academies:

Seldon still banging on the ‘independent schools should sponsor academies’ drum:  – time he changed his tune?

Is educational provision in Newcastle an exemplar of ‘disruptive innovation’ or an unholy mess? You decide:

So we can expect the CofE to compete with the big academy chains: – head to head with the United Church Schools Trust?

Lords Grand Committee Debate on the regulations governing alternative provision academies: (Col GC149)

Say what you like about Seckford (well don’t actually) but at least they’ve improved my grasp of legal Latin!

Sheffield LA is developing a list of approved academy sponsors for its schools:

Matthew Taylor on free schools: – if they are engines of risky innovation, we have to be prepared for many to fail

Schools Commissioner is reportedly encouraging more FE colleges to sponsor primary academies: Desperation or sensible?

HMC fights shy of academy sponsorship (again): – says 15-20 schools may buddy up with existing chains instead

Lord Hill of Oareford drops all that in favour of plain ‘Jonathan’ to defend academies in the New Statesman:

It would be good to see some more economic analysis of the costs and benefits of free schools:

More legal shenanigans over Downhills:

Free schools opened in 2011 and currently in development spend an average £105K on development costs: (Col 1004W)

Will part of the payment to councils for keeping children of troubled families in school be devolved to academies?

Direct link to the Reform/Schools Network publication on Releasing the Potential of Academies:

About 50% of free schools due to open in September 2012 have confirmed sites: (Col 1032W)

Ooohhh  – E-Act chair resigns – I’d love to be a fly on the wall at their board meetings!

It’s unworthy of the Guardian to go after @Samfr They also report a mysterious bounceback by Bruce Liddington at E-Act:

39% of academies believe the existing (overly prescriptive?) national curriculum gives sufficient curricular freedom:

What now for failing Academy? (Marlowe in Ramsgate):

Missed that Seldon now plans an academy chain of his own and is in cahoots with @jamesosh :

The Tiger Primary Free School in Maidstone will, if approved, embrace Mandarin and the Tiger Mother philosophy

Update on IoE and Birmingham University plans for university teaching schools: latter has a fair access agenda

Academies required to teach national curriculum? Answer can differ according to this DFE note:

The prescience of Christine Blower? (see last sentence) Tweeted this at the time and recollect a denial

FoI response outlines the official process of identifying academy sponsors:

NUT warns schools could be fully privatised within 3 years:  Labour needs a properly worked response to that eventuality

Welcome to the Academies ‘speed commission’:  though the commissioners are a bit usual suspectish and speed = 9 months!

Teachers and Teacher Education

Watch Nick Gibb and Education Select Committee on teacher supply, recruitment and retention from 9.30am here:

Uncorrected oral transcript of Education Select Committee’s 5 March evidence session on teacher recruitment/retention:

Uncorrected Education Committee evidence from Nick Gibb’s 14/3 session on teacher recruitment, training and retention:

2012 International Summit on Teaching Profession starts today:  – and blog from John Bangs:

Direct link to OECD study: Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century:

Brief report on the international summit on the teaching profession:  – Next one’s in Amsterdam

This is Treasury’s advice to pay review bodies on local pay: – seems totally to ignore vast hidden administrative cost

TES editorial undervalued heads The paradox is they’re deemed failures as school leaders but lauded as system leaders

@brianlightman on the ‘toxic narrative’ in the TES:

National College will shortly announce 2nd tranche of Teaching Schools: -100 including 39 primaries, 16 special schools

Portrait of a stalinist ‘superhead’: Presumably the antithesis of ‘moral purpose’ (though I hate that hackneyed phrase)

Arne Duncan wriggles over publication of teacher performance


Interview with Teach for America’s Research Director:


Para 2.4.5 of the School Funding Reform paper suggests the new National Funding Formula is only an interim measure:

Presumably, private investors’ interest in running a college for profit will depend on the return on their investment?

School funding plans to be announced this week: – a staging post towards universal personal budgets (aka vouchers)?

Son of PFI and ‘off balance sheet borrowing’: – progress on a response to the collapse of capital budgets

Admissions and School Places

So the ‘sensible 50% limit on Catholic admissions’ letter was a leak:  NB that Government sometimes comments on leaks!

DfE sensibly challenges 19th Century-style plans for a Catholic silo school in Richmond:

London Oratory falls foul of Local Government Ombudsman over faith-based admissions:

New DFE statistical release on secondary school applications

and offers:

The much-reduced number of primary schools (5,500 fewer than 1970s) makes it harder to respond to bulges in demand:

Reviews Research and Reports

@Innovation_Unit: Our 10 Schools for the 21st Century:

Really interesting stuff in this presentation by economist Ludger Woessmann on education. Esp slides 9 +14.

Eric Hanushek at Policy Exchange last night

A couple of new CEP reports on implementing school improvement grant programmes in the US: and

Upcoming review of C of E education: and new logo. I thought they already had  one of those…

Direct link to C of E Review: The Church School of the Future:

DFE’s Schools Research newsletter for March 2012:

Klein/Rice chaired Task Force Report on US Education Reform and National Security:

Can only find this ‘preliminary and incomplete’ version of Allen+Burgess paper on inspection of underperforming schools

Direct link to final version of that Allen+Burgess paper on inspection I covered earlier:

Where you’ll find the Riots Panel report when it is finally, formally published today:

Direct link to the National Trust Report on Natural Childhood: – including treatment of ‘nature deficit disorder’

Here’s the IoE’s summary of the EPPSE 3-14 study’s findings:

Here’s DFE’s Research Brief on the EPPSE 3-14 findings, including on homework:

New DFE research: EPPSE 3-14 – Final Report from KS3 Phase:

New DFE research: Understanding School Financial Decisions: – schools need incentives to make more strategic decisions

Education Sector report: Off the Clock, about the impact of extended learning time on school improvement:

TNTP paper on Greenhouse Schools – Cultures where teachers and students thrive:

Is social science too wedded to empirical scientific research models? – unprovable theoretical models also have value

Central Government

HEFCE employs 247FTE and projects 2011-12 running costs approaching £21m: (Col 230W)

Interesting insights here for DFE watchers:

ASCL explains why OFSTED will not achieve significant sustainable school improvement through bully-boy tactics:

DFE appears to do its social media monitoring in-house, while relying on external suppliers for other media: (Col 768W)

I rather like the Wilshaw idea of reintroducing district HMI: – unfortunately he’s queered his own pitch slightly…

HMCI adopts a more emollient tone – direct link to yesterday’s speech: – better late than never?

LibDem Voice article calls for Independent Commission to review OFSTED’s ‘ignorant and illegal bullying of schools’:

More than 1 in 7 public sector jobs will be eliminated by 2017:

A ‘Public Sector Complexity Review’ shows BiS is the most complex of 7 large government departments:

DFE has released its latest staff survey results today –

The Framework Document for the National College marking its transformation into an executive agency of DfE:

And here is the Framework Document for the Teaching Agency, son of TDA:

Good balanced treatment of the Wilshavian approach by @jeevanvasagar: – the next 3 months are critical I think

HMCI Wilshaw and his press minders continue the process of mending bridges with the profession:

So farewell then GTCE – – I never quite understood what you were for….

ATL conference to debate a motion expressing grave concern over OFSTED’s ParentView website:

New DFE Statutory Guidance on the Role of Director of Children’s Services and Lead Member:

DFE has just published an updated schedule for the publication of statistics up to September 2013:


The importance of educational vision, mission and values: – applies at organisational level too!

US piece on the (poor) quality of education journalism and the emerging field of data journalism:

The incidence of Cadet Forces in independent and state schools: (Col WA246)

The local authorities with the best and worst attendance records 2005-2011: (Col WA245)

Twigg envisages schools as innovation hubs, but needs to explain how the network will be supported to work effectively

The Emerging Landscape of Educational Delivery Models, part 1: and part 2:

You can review and watch ASCL conference speeches by clicking the links on this page:

Boris Johnson doth protest too much. What else would a strategic education role mean except the reinvention of ILEA?

Haringey names its Education Commission: – includes TES Editor Gerard Kelly, Jim Rose and Graham Badman

The post-Election public expenditure squeeze quantified, plus a 2013 spending review: – you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Lords Grand Committee debate on the regulations governing pupil searches:  (Col GC144)


April 2012



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